America is the land of the free, not the land of the 'free speech' zone. Bill O'Reilly and the Patriot Act are two of the worst things that have happened to America. And to set the record straight, Bill O'Reilly is a COWARD, and is afraid to debate Libertarian Presidential Candidate Michael Badnarik on national TV. And, it's not the only debate Badnarik is trying to get into. The Libertarian Party, on the ballot in all 50 states for the past three elections, the nation's third largest political party, with more candidates in office and on the ballot than all the other 'third party' combined. Not only is Michael Badnarik a valid candidate and has the right to present his views to the voting public, the people of America have a right to be informed.
"The debates are part of the unconscionable fraud that our political campaigns have become. Here is a means to present to the American people a rational exposition of the major issues that face the nation, and the alternate approaches to their solution. Yet the candidates participate only with the guarantee of a format that defies meaningful discourse. They should be charged with sabotaging the electoral process." Walter Cronkite
The debate commission should be broadened to include third party members and independents and others, or it should be replaced. The two major parties are becoming so much alike, and the American people know it. They want more choices. Maybe, if we let other people participate in the debates, people will start believing that politics matter." Congressman John Lewis, a former CPD director
"I'm for more open debates. I think we have nothing to fear by allowing people to be seen and to argue and to talk with each other and I think the very concept of an elite commission deciding for the American people who deserves to be heard is profoundly wrong." Newt Gingrich
"In dictatorships, it's common for political insiders to hinder or even silence non-establishment challengers. To do that in America, which supposedly champions open elections, is outrageous and intolerable. But that is just what the Commission on Presidential Debates has done. On Thursday, it announced an unfair, unreasonable and unjust rule almost guaranteeing that only the Republican and Democratic nominees will be admitted to nationally televised presidential debates this fall." The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
"A pre-election debate that brings in a wider range of views can only strengthen the vibrant dialogue that's needed to inform voters. The debate structure should be enlarged to include any candidate who either gets, or whose poll figures indicate his or her party will get, public campaign financing." Christian Science Monitor
"The debate commission is a corrupt duopoly." Steve Forbes
"It is a shame that the man who thumps his chest and says 'Bring It On' can't even show enough character to engage in a fair political debate." Mad Studios